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See your own faults and condemn not your brother! Fr Seraphim Rose

Father Seraphim Rose reposed on September 2, 1982

Fr Seraphim Rose writes,

Σεραφείμ Ρόουζ _Fr Seraphim Rose_ Иеромонах Серафим (Роуз) __

Censure yourself. Never excuse yourself. If you must, or think you must, give way to a weakness, then be certain that you recognize it as a weakness, and a sin. But see your own faults and condemn not your brother!

Orthodox Christians! Hold fast to the grace which you have; never let it become a matter of habit; never measure it by merely human standards or expect it to be logical or comprehensible to those who understand nothing higher than what is human Let all true Orthodox Christians strengthen themselves for the battle ahead, never forgetting that in Christ the victory is already ours.

When those who are rich in the Holy Spirit, really having the heavenly wealth and the fellowship of the Spirit in themselves, speak to any the word of truth…it is out of their own wealth and out of their own treasure, which they possess within themselves when they speak, and out of this that they gladden the souls of the hearers of the spiritual discourse….”
But one who is poor, and does not possess the wealth of Christ in his soul … even if he wishes to speak a word of truth and to gladden others … but after he has gone through it, each word goes back to the source from which is was taken, and he himself remains once more naked and poor….

For this reason we should seek first from God with pain of heart and in faith, that He would grant us to find this wealth, the true treasure of Christ in our hearts, in the power and effectual working of the spirit. In this way, first finding in ourselves the Lord to be our profit and salvation and eternal life, we may then profit others also, according to our strength and opportunity, drawing upon Christ, the measure within.”

It is helpful to seek out a spiritual father who can guide you. He will be able to help you to make this transition. He can help you avoid becoming too intense in your effort to learn doctrine and practice guidelines for this and that. It is God’s love we seek and this only comes from the heart.

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